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THE FALCON TIMES 4 June 14, 2010—Volume 47, Issue 16 a Est. 1961 b Visit us online at 8 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Page 2 MDC Tops List College earns top place in list of minority degree-granting schools Page 5 Textbook Rental New book rental program goes easy on student’s pursestrings PHOTO COURTESY OF CRISTIAN LAZZARI/ MDC MEDIA RELATIONS Caps and gowns: Miami Dade Honors College students celebrate at the North and West campus commencement ceremony on May 1. Turning the GRADUATION Page 7 SGA Elections Complete campaign results and elected officers’ profiles Tassel GOOGLE MAPS Putting Miami Dade College on the map Page 8 Summer Movies A preview of the summer’s not-to-miss blockbuster movies Page 9 Softball Champs Lady Sharks return victorious from Utah Google Maps hit the streets of Miami this summer to showcase MDC on its Street View feature. Jeannie L. Rodriguez Features Editor Google is mapping the world one street at a time. This summer, it was Miami Dade College’s turn. Using a bulky, 250-pound, three-wheeled bicycle they road along the pathways at all eight MDC campuses in early May. Two Google Maps bikers used the Google Trike, a tricycle with a pole-mounted camera in the rear, to maneuver around tight spaces and literally put MDC on the map. The images are expected to be available on Google Maps somewhere between the next three to six months, according to Elaine Filadelfo, in charge of Google’s global communications and public affairs. “The Kendall, North and Wolfson campuses have buildings that are important in the history of architecture,” said Rene Ramos, archives director for MDC, “so being able to do a street view and get a really close look at some of the architectural features of those buildings becomes a good educational tool.” MDC is one of several colleges being mapped. Google has already added photos from San Diego State University, Penn State and Boston University to Street View and has started working with several others, including University of Pennsylvania, UC-Boulder and Rochester Institute of Technology, Filadelfo said. “We’re looking at adding a wide-range of interesting places to Google Maps, from areas all around the country,” Filadelfo added. “The administration [at Continued on Page 5 More than 1,000 students from Miami Dade College’s North and West campuses celebrated during commencement ceromonies at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables. Alexandra de Armas Managing Editor W hen Sahel Alizadea arrived in the United States from Iran in 2006, she didn’t know a word of English. But she promised herself that she would get an education. Four years later, Alizadea, made good on that promise and was one of 1,042 students who participated in the commencement ceremonies for Miami Dade College’s North and West campuses at the BankUnited Center on May 1. “I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to graduation,” said Alizadea, a 24-year-old biology major, who is scheduled to complete her studies at MDC later this summer. “I was very doubtful and extremely scared. Continued on Page 6 TRAIL OF DREAMS End of the road; MDC’s DREAMers back home Alexandra de Armas Managing Editor Standing on the steps of the historic Freedom Tower— hands covering her heart and tears streaming down her face— Gaby Pacheco announced that she is happy to be home. “We [don’t] need a GPS anymore because this is our home,” Pacheco said. “These were the streets that I grew up on. How can anyone tell me that I do not belong here?” Pacheco is one of four former or current Miami Dade College students— Carlos Roa, Felipe Matos and Juan Rodriguez are the others—who embarked on a 1,500 mile walk to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 1 in protest of immigration reform. Five months later, a crowd of almost 100 people welcomed the Continued on Page 2 1,500 Miles Total distance covered by the DREAMers WASHINGTON, D.C. RICHMOND VA GREENSBORO RALEIGH CHARLOTTE NC SC ATLANTA AMERICUS GA TALLAHASSEE GAINESVILLE ORLANDO FL NOT ALL STOPS ARE SHOWN MIAMI GRAPHIC BY LAZARO GAMIO / FALCON TIMES STAFF

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